The stunning walls inside Umda Mahal Imambara

The smaller Imambara for women of the royal household, Begum Umda Mahal Imambara looks pretty unassuming and plain from the outside. But the moment you step into the dimly lit interiors, you will be taken aback by these stunning intricate floral patterns on a few walls. It used to adorn all the walls previously but only a few panels remain intact. These are bits of glass placed on plaster. It is different from the inlaid work once might see in Mughal structures since the base is not marble in this case and hence probably more prone to be falling off. The current caretakers do their best to preserve it but here’s hoping some expert restoration advice is given to them. The generous use of blue reminded me of Persia and seemed to point to the Persian origins of the Nawabs.

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The stunning walls inside Umda Mahal Imambara